Homelessness


Homeless Advocates Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Local Homeless Population

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless’s founding physician James J. O’Connell and Y2Y Harvard Square Shelter data and program evaluation manager Kylie Nassif Blizzard discussed coronvirus’s dire impact on the Boston’s homeless population in a webinar Wednesday.


‘Long Past Time’: City Council Supports Police Accountability Dashboard

The Cambridge City Council adopted a pair of motions to allocate funds toward a new records management system that aggregates police activity and toward a project to house the city’s homeless population in its meeting Monday.


Cambridge Plans to Open Warming Center at Reduced Capacity in December

The City of Cambridge will open its warming center at a reduced capacity of 30 guests on Dec. 1 as a temporary shelter space option for homeless individuals this winter.


Preeminent Architect Challenges Students To Build Better Affordable Housing in Lecture

Michael Maltzan, a Los Angeles-based architect who has designed low-income housing with the Skid Row Housing Trust for over a decade, challenged students to build quality housing for the homeless in a lecture hosted by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Wednesday night.


Advocates Say City-Run Homeless Facility Not Enough To Keep People Sheltered for this Winter

The City of Cambridge plans to keep its temporary emergency homeless shelter in operation for the next 20 months, though housing advocates say the city’s inability to expand the shelter’s capacity will leave more people sleeping outside this winter.


City Manager Talks Cambridge Emergency Shelter, Discourages Street Closures in Council Meeting

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale discussed developments regarding the City’s emergency COVID-19 shelter and discouraged city councilors from closing several streets to vehicular traffic during Monday’s city council meeting.


Harvard, MIT Donate $500,000 to Support Cambridge Temporary Emergency Shelter

Harvard and MIT donated $500,000 to a temporary emergency shelter located at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School to house homeless residents, Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said in a Monday press release.


Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Closes for the Season

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter announced it was closing for the rest of the season on Sunday morning, stopping daily lotteries for beds and halting in-person services amid challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.


Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

After remaining open throughout Spring Break, Harvard Square Homeless Shelter is closing as a result of the novel coronavirus.


Petition Calls on Harvard To Shelter Homeless Population in Dorms

Harvard students and others circulated an online petition this week calling on University administrators to offer campus facilities as housing for Cambridge’s homeless population during the global coronavirus outbreak.


In Cambridge Homeless Court, Another Chance

Cambridge District Homeless Court offers monthly sessions to adjudicate on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges, as well as outstanding warrants, against people experiencing homelessness in the Cambridge area.


Harvard Square Business Association Holds Charity Yard Sale for Homeless Shelter

Square residents ventured out in the cold to Brattle Street Saturday to shop and support their neighbors at a charity yard sale for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. The event, which was organized by the Harvard Square Business Association, raised nearly $2,000 for the homeless shelter.


PBHA Holds Second Annual Housing Awareness Week

Harvard students collaborated with community organizations, called their legislators, and discussed increasing rates of homelessness as part of the Phillip Brooks House Association’s annual Housing Awareness Week.


Y2Y

Y2Y, a shelter for homeless youth, is located in the basement of First Parish church in Harvard Square.


Harvard Square Shelters Fight to Serve in Winter

In the wintertime, Y2Y and HSHS must navigate extreme weather conditions with a skeleton staff—watching the demand for overnight beds rise while the volunteer pool shrinks.


Winter for Cambridge’s Homeless

"We are fortunate to have all these other providers along with us, that though not connected to us, are contributing to this unified effort to help people stay out of the cold when the weather hits.”


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